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The Big Racket (1977)

The Big Racket (1977)





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A by-the-books cop struggling to bust a brutal protection racket in Rome is forced to throw the rules out the window when the vicious gang attempts to cement their status by moving into the drug trade in director Enzo G. Castellari's tough-talking poliziotteschi. As the citizens of Rome continue to suffocate in the cold grip of fear, it's up to determined inspector Nico Palmieri (Fabio Testi) to take back the streets from the murderers and rapists who terrorize the population and give the cruel thugs a hard lesson in street justice. When the only language that the criminal element understands is violence, Inspector Palmieri is more than willing to communicate in terms that will get the message across.

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Fabio Testi
as Inspector Nico Palmieri
Renzo Palmer
as Luigi Gestori
Orso Maria Guerrini
as Giovanni Rossetti
Romano Puppo
as Doringo
Glauco Onorati
as Mazzarelli
Antonio Marsina
as Giovanni Giuni
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Enjoyable Italian crime thriller. Given it's country of origin and being made in the 70s it's got those cheesy elements - slow-mo shoot-outs, awkward robotic fighting and bad English dubbing - but it's all good fun and quite gritty and violent with influences from the likes of Dirty Harry and Death Wish among others. I found it quite entertaining all the way through despite being far from perfect. It develops it's own style with exciting direction from Enzo Castelleri.

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Lee ?

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So stupid and idiotic. Car crash scene is hilarious though.

Cassie Hill
Cassie Hill

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A sharply directed action thriller from Enzo Castellari, this pit Fabio Testi against a criminal gang who've got the locals so scared that no one is willing to step up and prosecute them. Testi resorts to more and more sketchy methods in trying to bring the criminals to justice, which eventually forces him to drift into the vigilante justice mode in the final reel. Great stuff. Recommended.

Bill Bryant
Bill Bryant

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